Do I meet the long enough and recently enough criteria?
As per the law it may not be enough if you have worked for many years paying Social Security taxes, it is more important as to when you worked. The law requires that you should have earned certain number of work credits during a certain period to be eligible. You can earn up to four credits in a year, one credit for every three months.
The number of work credits depends on your age when you became disabled. Normally you should have earned 20 credits over the last ten years just before you became disabled.
The rules are as follows:
- Before the age of 24: You will need at least six credits earned in the three year period ending just before your disability started.
- Between the age of 24 & 31: You will need three years work credit or 12 credits earned over the period between the ages 21 & 31.
- Age 31 & above: You will generally need the number of work credits shown in the table below:
- If you were disabled Work years/ Credits needed
If you were disabled Work years/ Credits needed Before age 28 1.5 years/6 credits Age 30 2 years/8 credits Age 34 3 years/12 credits Age 38 4 years/16 credits Age 42 5 years/20 credits Age 44 5.5 years/22 credits Age 46 6 years/24 credits Age 48 6.5 years/ 26 credits Age 50 7 years/28 credits